NAMM, Anaheim, California – MCE Technologies, LLC (MCE) today is proud to announce the immediate availability of the Fovea line of portable, slot-loading optical drives designed for the optical drive-less MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iMac, Mac mini, and MacBook Air. The MCE Fovea Extreme Drive is a portable, slot-loading Blu-ray recordable USB drive and the Fovea Drive is a portable, slot-loading DVD and CD Recordable USB “SuperDrive”. Both drives are bootable and play and record to DVD-recordable and CD-recordable media while the Fovea Extreme also plays back commercial Blu-ray movies and records to BD and BD-XL recordable media.

Mac Blu-ray Player software is included with the Fovea Extreme and allows the playback of commercial Blu-ray movies within the Mac OS. User-authored Blu-ray movie discs can be created on the Fovea Extreme Drive using Adobe Premier Pro, Apple’s Final Cut Pro or Compressor software, or Roxio’s Toast Pro Software. Natively compatible with Mac OS 10.5.2 and later, including Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, the recording of data on both drives is accomplished directly from the Finder by dragging and dropping with no additional software required.

“DVDs, CDs, and Blu-ray media didn’t suddenly disappear when Apple decided to leave optical drives out of many of their new machines,” stated Arnold Ramirez, president of MCE. “Blu-ray and DVD movies, photos, music and software applications are still regularly distributed, archived, and shared on disc. Our Fovea lineup of drives assures users’ access to those important forms of media while extending the capabilities of the Mac to which it is connected.”

The Fovea drives are slim and lightweight making them easy to carry alongside the laptop in a laptop bag and they feature an integrated USB cable for easy connectivity. The Fovea Extreme can record to 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer write-once Blu-ray BD-R media at 6X (27MB/sec), to 100GB triple-layer and 128GB quad-layer write-once Blu-ray BD-R XL media at 4X (18MB/sec), and to 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB rewritable BD-RE discs at up to 2X (9MB/sec). Commercial Blu-ray movie playback requires an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.4GHz, or faster, and 4GB of RAM.

Both drives are fully compatible with all DVD and CD recordable media on the market today and can record to standard DVD±R media at up to 8X (11MB/sec) speed, to DVD±R DL (Double/Dual Layer) media at up to 6X (8.25GB/sec) speed, to DVD RW at up to 8X speed, to DVD- RW at up to 6X, to DVD-RAM at up to 5X speed, to CD-R at up to 24X speed and to CD-RW at up to 16X speed. Both drives are compatible with all Macs with a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports.

Pricing and Availability:
The MCE Fovea Extreme Slot-Loading 6X Blu-ray Recordable USB Drive is $149 (USD) and includes Mac Blu-ray Player software and a rewritable BD-RE disc. The MCE Fovea Slot-Loading 8X USB “SuperDrive” is $49.99. Both the Fovea Extreme and Fovea are available for immediate shipment. More information may be found at MCE Technologies online.

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MCE Technologies is based in Brea, California and can be reached by telephone at (800) 5000-MAC (800-500-0622) in the U.S. or at (714) 674-0800 internationally. More information about products can be found on MCE Technologies online. Copyright (C) 2013 MCE Technologies. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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